Things are tough for us all now in lockdown. Life has been hard for many different reasons. Some of us have experienced illness – mental and physical. Many of us are worried about friends and family we cannot see. Others have had the stress of losing jobs or being furloughed from work they enjoyed. A …
As Stephen Covey said: “the problem is not the problem; the problem is how we see the problem.” In other words, perspective alters our perception and our perception/s alters our reality – in fact our perception becomes our reality, whether it is actually real or not…
The idea this week is to use a 21st century tool most of us carry with us most of the time – a smart phone – to take pictures upside down, from down low, sideways, through objects and off reflective surfaces such as puddles. The science here is to challenge and see what else we can see by changing our perspectives.
Now that we’re allowed to (carefully) in the UK, we’re looking at hugging, scruffy dogs and why physical connection is good for us
This week’s top tip has so much science involved we can barely contain ourselves – and it’s all about how rolling a tennis ball under your feet can reduce stress and more…
This week’s top tip is that blinking, taking a moment to take a mental ‘snap shot’, can really help us remember the positive moments in our lives, so that we not only remember them but reflect and see more of these kind of events in the future.
Whilst your family might not thank you for belting out your favourite tunes in the shower, or whilst hoovering or whilst dancing at a party after a little too much fizz, you go on ahead – you are doing great things for your immune system and adding to your oxytocin reserves.
The colours we wear, the colours we choose to paint our rooms with those we choose to accessorise our homes and ourselves with can affect our mood and our behaviours.
This tip is so simple many of you may already occasionally do this without thinking about it – especially if, like us, you are parents that like to embarrass your children… What is it?
Smell is an incredibly evocative sense. We suspect most of you will know what it feels like to have a sudden rush of emotion and memory when you unexpectedly catch a scent that takes you back…
Research does shows that drinking beet juice may help. In a 2015 study 250ml (a big glass of wine size) of beet juice daily was found to lower high blood pressure and over a 4 week period participants in the study were shown to have significantly reduced their blood pressure levels – and had improved the function of the inner lining of blood vessels.
We thought we would bring the science of why chocolate (in moderation) is good for you – and why ‘treating’ yourself to an edible or any other reward actually works as a way to feel good and perform better.
Whether it’s an absolute banger, a power ballad, the cheesiest disco pop possible, heavy rock, opera, classical, purely instrumental, hip hop, nature sounds or trance, we want to know what music you use to get yourself into a different zone or place.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that improving and maintaining our connection with nature, especially by immersing ourselves in it, can calm us down and improve our sense of balance and wellbeing.
When we smile our brains release a cocktail of neurotransmitters that we have already spoken about as having a positive impact on our mood and wellbeing: dopamine and serotonin (also called 5-HT) as well as endorphins – our self-made natural painkillers. These help lower anxiety and increasing feelings of happiness.
So confession time: Back to the Future is probably one of our favourite films of all time. Now this probably says a lot about our age. As science geeks we have been speaking about what if we could time travel – and then it hit us when talking to a colleague and therapist Mark Evans that we already have all the equipment we need(ish) in our own brains.
Two tips in a week! Firstly, try using your non-dominant hand (really!) and secondly, pay attention – we’ll explain all.
Each night before you go to bed, get a pint of water and put it by your bedside. This is not to drink during the night (so you might need 2 glasses if you sip during the night). This pint is especially and exclusively to drink first thing in the morning when you wake up.
This idea is so simple, it’s hard to believe it can do so much good. But before we get into the science of why, in this case, simple is sensational, let’s talk about why it’s good to be prepared.
Strength training can give you many of the daily wellbeing and stress protective benefits without all the sweat – literally! So this week we will be talking about a tip that can truly help you get your quick daily exercise hit, with the benefits, with way less of the faff. The plank!
We are finding out that a truly life changing tip is as simple as a quick morning breathing exercise to set us up for the day.
The right light at the right time is really good for our bodies and brains. Try morning sunlight in particular if you are feeling low. It might just be a brilliant thing to introduce into your morning to boost your whole day!
Thinking about what you are grateful for is proven to release dopamine into your body. Writing those things down gives you a double whammy! – Serotonin release too!
OK so this one is really easy to explain! At least twice a week, take a hot bath in the afternoon for 30 minutes. Ideally, follow it by another 20 minutes taking it easy and staying warm.
At the end of your normal hot shower, you turn the dial and make it cold for the last 30 seconds. A quick blast of freezing cold water that jolts your body and mind, that science suggests might be really good for us for all sorts of reasons – some we don’t even understand properly yet.